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Angela Merkel on G7 about Corona: Only then will the pandemic be defeated

2021-02-19T16:10:43.496Z

Before the online G7 summit, human rights organizations are calling for the corona vaccine to be distributed fairly. Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference.



Before the online G7 summit, human rights organizations are calling for the corona vaccine to be distributed fairly.

Angela Merkel speaks at a press conference.

  • Human rights organizations call before the

    G7 summit

    and the

    Munich Security Conference

    , a fair distribution of

    Corona

    -

    vaccines

    .

  • Joe Biden

    * is the new President of the

    USA

    * attending an international meeting for the first time.

  • Commitments to finance

    vaccines

    * in the fight against the

    corona

    * pandemic are made.

+++ 4.46 p.m .:

“It is important that the vaccine arrives,” replied

Merkel

to a journalist's question as to whether the vaccine was distributed fairly around the world.

There has to be a good balance, some of the European vaccines go to countries in Latin America and Asia.

+++ 4.42 p.m.:

Multilateralism must be strengthened, says

Angela Merkel

.

The corona pandemic in particular showed how dependent the countries of the world are on each other.

+++ 4:41 pm:

"The pandemic will only be defeated when everyone in the world has been vaccinated." The mutants of the coronavirus are very dangerous and could worsen the effectiveness of the vaccines, warns the

Chancellor

.

After the pandemic, the economy must be made sustainable, climate change, like the

corona crisis, is

a natural disaster.

According to Merkel, the WHO and WTO must be strengthened.

G7 summit with Angela Merkel: focus on fighting pandemics and recovering the economy

+++ 4.37 p.m .:

"That was a very constructive exchange," said

Merkel

at the press conference after the

G7 summit

.

Fighting the pandemic, the recovery of the global economy and engagement in Africa were the focus of the deliberations, said the Chancellor.

+++ 4:08 p.m.:

Angela Merkel

pledged another 1.5 billion euros

at the

G7 summit

for the global fight against Covid-19.

The development ministry announced that around one billion euros will go to the international vaccination alliance Gavi.

The remaining funds are intended to strengthen the World Health Organization and vaccine research, in particular on mutations of the coronavirus.

+++ 4 p.m.:

Chancellor

Angela Merkel

will

hold

a

press conference

shortly after the end of the

G7 summit

.

We will inform you about the events live.

G7 Summit and Munich Security Conference - Angela Merkel speaks to Joe Biden

Update from February 19, 2021, 11.30 a.m.:

Today, Friday, two important

international summits will

take place: on the one hand the

G7 summit

and on the other hand the

Munich Security Conference

.

The results of both events are eagerly awaited - not least because of the participation of

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

and

US President Joe Biden

.

But what are both events about?

- an

overview

.

  • G7 summit:

    The

    G7 summit

    will mainly focus on the development of the

    corona pandemic

    and the associated global

    distribution

    of

    vaccines

    .

    The

    United Kingdom is

    chairing the digital summit

    this year.

    Prime Minister

    Boris Johnson

    recently called for international vaccine production to be accelerated.

    It was an unprecedented global achievement

    to develop

    a

    corona vaccine

    within around 300 days

    , he emphasized.

    Now it is time to push the distribution.

    He also called on the heads of state of the

    G7

    countries to give more financial support to the “Covax” vaccination initiative for the benefit of poor countries.



    US President

    Biden

    plans to provide up to four billion US dollars for this.

    The White House announced that it would initially pledge two billion dollars at the summit.

    The

    US government

    wants to

    release

    another two billion dollars

    over a period of two years if other donors had also fulfilled their commitments.



    Federal Development Minister

    Gerd Müller set the

    goal of

    vaccinating

    at least 20 percent of the population in developing countries against the

    coronavirus

    by the end of the year

    .

    "At the moment a total of 27 billion euros are missing," he told the newspapers of the "Funke media group".

  • Munich Security Conference:

    The focus of the

    Munich Security Conference

    will very likely be the

    transatlantic relationship

    between

    Europe

    and the

    USA

    .

    There is talk of a new beginning.

    The partnership had

    hit rock bottom

    under

    Biden's

    predecessor

    Donald Trump

    *.



    The transatlantic coordinator of the federal government, Peter Beyer (CDU), told the "Rheinische Post" that he expected

    Biden to provide

    concrete statements on cooperation with the EU.

    "A close Western alliance that goes far beyond the cooperation of the Obama years would be ideal."

G7 summit and Munich security conference on Friday (February 19, 2021)

Wolfgang Ischinger, head of the Munich Security Conference, also expects conflict issues such as dealing with China or Russia and the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to be dealt with.

First report from 02/18/2021, 3:30 p.m.:

Munich - On the occasion of the online meeting of the seven major economic

powers

(

G7

), development organizations have called for a global vaccination plan and greater commitment in the fight against the

coronavirus

.

Poorer countries need more help.

The

G7

round that will be held

on Friday

, in which the new US President

Joe Biden

will also take part

for the first time

, is also

expected to make

financial commitments to fight the pandemic and distribute

vaccines

.

This year, the federal government is making available 1.5 billion euros for the campaign of the World Health Organization (WHO) and other actors with the ACT Accelerator (Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator).

An important part is the Covax initiative, in which the development and distribution of

corona vaccines are

bundled in order to give all countries fair access.

Organization One criticizes G7 talks: Rich nations secure too much corona vaccine

Organization One criticized that rich nations were gaining access to many more

vaccines

than they needed.

Access is made more difficult for poorer countries.

If rich countries continued to have a monopoly on the first two billion vaccine doses, there could be twice as many

corona

deaths as if the vaccine were shared fairly, according to the organization on its website.

One called for

the

G7

countries to "plan carefully" to improve the global distribution of

vaccines

.

The transfer must begin before potential donor countries start accumulating excess vaccine doses.

"As long as the virus remains uncontrolled somewhere on the planet, it will continue to mutate, cross borders and wreak havoc in society and the global economy," said an analysis by the organization.

Corona pandemic and vaccine in focus: G7 discussion and online security conference

The G7 video call will take place tomorrow, Friday (February 19, 2021) under the chairmanship of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The official

G7

summit is due to take place in Cornwall, UK in June.

The virtual G7 summit is the first international meeting attended by the new US President

Joe Biden

.

Much hope is placed in it for an improvement in transatlantic relations.

In

addition to Germany, the USA and Great Britain,

the

G7 countries also

include France, Italy, Canada and Japan.

On the same day there will also be an online version of the

Munich Security Conference

, which has been postponed in its usual form.

Here, too, it should be about transatlantic relations, but other topics are climate protection and also the corona pandemic.

In addition to the new US President

Joe Biden

, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), UN Secretary General António Guterres and Bill Gates will speak at the conference.

The meeting can be followed online in the live stream.

António Guterres: "Distribution of the corona vaccines unfair"

Even UN Secretary General António Guterres had criticized this week that the distribution of

Corona

-

vaccines

is totally "unbalanced and unfair".

Because so far ten countries have vaccinated three quarters of all available vaccine doses, he criticized.

130 other countries, however, had not yet received a single dose.

He called for a global vaccination plan that would involve researchers, manufacturers and donors.

(Friederike Meier, Tobias Utz, dpa / AFP)

* fr.de is part of the nationwide Ippen digital editorial network.

Source: merkur

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